The Seniors Section held their away day, today, at the Wallsend Golf Club Centurion Park. With rain yesterday and more forecast for tomorrow we felt fortunate that the weather was dry if a little windy. 36 members were greeted with a course where the greens were in a good condition, but some bunkers were flooded and others just very wet. The fairways were also wet and dirty golf balls became the norm. However, it did not detract too much from the scores and the winners were
Ladies 1st Marilyn Bint 2nd Candy Brown 3rd Sarah Johnson
Men 1st Arthur Perkins 2nd Barry Cooper 3rd Malcolm Harison
Congratulations to our winners for some good scores on a testing day. The pie, chips and peas went down well at the end of the competition. Our thanks go to the organiser in chief Sharon Percy for getting us a good deal and organising the prizes, also to Colin Whiteman for his general support before and on the day and thanks to Mary Wright for her assistance on the day. Well done one and all.
The season is about complete for our Parklands juniors and it’s been another great season.
When we last posted a report, we had 2 games left, Bedlington at home on 16th June which we won 9-3 and then our last game which was a tricky tie at Westerhope which we lost 8-4, but that result was OK as it took us on 41 points and we finished the season in second place in the league.
The junior fundraising day at Parklands on the 12th July raised just over 900 pounds which was brilliant. Bryan Malone would like to thank a few people including Michelle and Parklands for giving us the tee times, Jon Watson and his team for a brilliant course, Brian and Joan King for all their work on the scorecards, Trisha, Samantha and Sophia for running the raffle and all the members and guests for turning up ….. thank you, everyone.
Our reward for finishing second in the league was a semi-final match against Stocksfield on August 5th. Stocksfield on paper looked a decent side, but like all season, our lads battled really hard and we beat them 8-4 brilliant so that was us through to the final for the 1st time in my junior manager’s time.
We had to face a very strong Northumberland side with their number one, Jess Baker, playing off plus 3. I had to change our team as Harrison had to leave for county duties so that meant young Finn had the task of playing Jess. He put up a great fight against her, but you can’t do much when she starts off with a birdie then an eagle. But going on behind them was a team of battlers and in the end, the final was a 6-6 draw, but because Jess had beaten Finn, Northumberland won the overall league.
I couldn’t be more proud of the lads and especially Ethan Searle, who had been on holiday in Scotland but got himself on the road at 4 am so he could play for the team.
D DAY – The Ladies at Parklands had a special day on Saturday in remembrance of Dorothy Hutchins who had been a playing member of the section for 30 years. Her nephew Gary and family donated the 2 new trophies, handmade of light oak, and the engraved wine glass mementoes for the winners of the 9 and 18 hole competitions. Although there were a couple of heavy downpours the course played well and with nearly 50 taking part it was one of our biggest fields. There was tea and refreshments after the round and a great crowd stayed for the presentation. The winners were Lilian Allison for the 18 Hole and Marylin Bint for the 9 Hole. Gary gave a speech thanking everyone for taking part, saying that Dorothy was probably having a good laugh at us all getting soaking wet in her name. We all then drank a toast in remembrance of this special lady. Parklands version of D Day was a great success.
Today was Finals Day for the Men’s Club Championship and the Seniors Handicap Trophy at Parklands and the warm dry weather ensured that the golf was of the highest quality with all the finalists putting in very strong performances. The Men’s Club Championship is matchplay played over 36 holes. The final brought together Chris Bowman and David Gibson and there was little time to warm up, with the pair on the tee for a 07.30am start. In the early morning session, Chris carved out a lead and he was 4 up after 18 holes. In the second round, Chris extended his lead to win on the 29th hole. It was a great competition, played with superb sporting attitude; well done to both players The Captain, Terry Cooper, refereed the match and presented the Championship trophy to Chris after the match.
The Seniors Handicap Trophy final was matchplay over 18 holes with the full handicap difference applying. The finalists were Alan Wardle and Garry Blackett and with a handicap difference of only 3 shots, they might as well have been playing off scratch. They teed off at 07.40 and Alan pulled away to go 4 up, Garry pulled it back to 2 before Alan won the trophy 4/2. Well done to both of you for a well-contested competition. The Vice-Captain, Graham Brown, refereed the match and Captain Terry presented the trophy to Alan after the match.
There will be a Captains sweep on Sunday the 14th July following the teeing off for the Club Championship and Seniors Handicap Trophy. Entry will be on a turn up and play basis. Add name to entry sheet against a tee time, place entry fee of £3.00 per person in an envelope, write name/names on the envelope and post as per summer league competitions. Sign in on computer and enter score upon completion of round.
Today saw the Club Quarters and Semis Finals for the Men and the Semis and Finals for the Ladies at Parklands.
It was sunny but cool by 07.00am as the players started to assemble on the tee, ready for the first match scheduled for 07.20am. In the morning session of the Men’s Club Championship, there were wins for Chris Bowman, Mark Sewell, Warren Young and Dave Gibson. The Seniors Handicap brought wins for Steve Hutchins, Alan Wardle, Garry Blackett and Andy Bolton. The Ladies Championship Semis had wins for Candy Brown and Joanna Rumney and Ciaran Hannon and Anne Hope in the Bronze event.
The afternoon session was warm, but breezy with lots of sunshine on our lush fairways and perfect greens. The Men’s Semis were won by Chris Bowman and David Gibson thus setting up an intriguing contest for next week’s final.
Congratulations to our Ladies Club Champion, Joanna Rumney who beat last years Champion, Candy Brown.
The Bronze Championship was won by Ciaran Hannon beating Anne Hope in a closely fought match.
Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to all the runners-up. Thanks to Brian King for organising the day, to both Captains and to all the caddies and supporters who assisted and followed the players on the course.